Salvation Army homeless shelters in the Coastal Empire prepare for cold temperatures

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – As temperatures drop, several homeless shelters in Savannah are preparing to help men and women who sleep on park benches and under bridges. Some are deciding to keep their doors closed because of COVID-19 concerns.

Normally Old Savannah…

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Salvation Army warming centers open in Atlanta for second straight night

ATLANTA — With the continuing cold weather that has gripped north Georgia and metro Atlanta, city officials said Tuesday afternoon they would be opening an emergency warming center once again on Tuesday night.

The 11Alive StormTrackers said the temperatures overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning would continue to bottom out in the mid-20s under clear skies.

As a result, the…

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“I Couldn’t See Any Light”

After 19 years of marriage, my wife and I divorced. That was also about the time my mom got sick and died. I was beyond depressed, and since my wife got the home — and I basically didn’t care about anything anymore — I wound up on the streets.

For five years I lived under a bridge, suffering from hunger, thirst, heat, cold. I was too scared to kill myself, but I wouldn’t have minded drinking myself to death. I couldn’t see any light in my future.

Meals, a Shower . . . and New Hope

But it was about that time that someone told me about The Salvation Army. I just came for some meals and a shower. The people here were very nice, and they would wash my clothes, encourage me, and tell me about God. I started to make friends. I started to see some good.

The road to recovery was bumpy. I suffered a heart attack and nearly died. But the people from The Salvation Army were with me all the way. They visited me in the hospital and raised my spirits. And when I got out, they took care of me for a year, helping me address the roots of my problems.

My life isn’t easy now, but I have hope again. I have food to eat and a roof over my head, thanks to The Salvation Army. They saved me. I will never forget the lessons I learned here, or the kindness these people showed me.

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